William Faulkner, by Tredell, Nicolas
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- ISBN: 9780231121897 | 023112189X
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 12/1/2000
Now recognized as two of Faulkner's greatest novels, The Sound and the Fury(1929) and As I Lay Dying(1930) were commercial failures in the decade following their publication. By the end of the Second World War, however, the reputation of both novels had grown and Faulkner's great fictional creation, Yoknapatawpha County, had become as much a part of America as any real area of the Mississippi landscape. This Guideexplores the wealth of critical material generated by these two exceptional works of modernist fiction. From the initially mixed critical responses to the novels in the early 1930s, the Guidefollows the enormous growth of interest in Faulkner's work across six decades. New writings shaped by a range of critical theories are discussed, offering the reader a clear view of the place now given to one of America's most innovative and influential novelists.